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Definitions for koine
kɔɪˈneɪ, ˈkɔɪ neɪkoine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Koinenoun

    a Greek dialect that flourished under the Roman Empire

  2. lingua franca, interlanguage, koinenoun

    a common language used by speakers of different languages

    "Koine is a dialect of ancient Greek that was the lingua franca of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean area in Roman times"


  1. Koinenoun

    The "common" Greek language that developed and flourished between 300 and 300 (the time of the Roman Empire), and from which Modern Greek descended. It was based on the Attic and Ionian dialects of Ancient Greek.

  2. koinenoun

    A lingua franca.

  3. koinenoun

    A regional language that becomes standard over time.

  4. Etymology: From κοινός


  1. koine

    Koine Greek (UK: ; Koine Greek: ἡ κοινὴ διάλεκτος, romanized: hē koinè diálektos, lit. 'the common dialect'; Greek: [i cyˈni ðiˈalektos]), also known as Hellenistic Greek, common Attic, the Alexandrian dialect, Biblical Greek or New Testament Greek, was the common supra-regional form of Greek spoken and written during the Hellenistic period, the Roman Empire and the early Byzantine Empire. It evolved from the spread of Greek following the conquests of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC, and served as the lingua franca of much of the Mediterranean region and the Middle East during the following centuries. It was based mainly on Attic and related Ionic speech forms, with various admixtures brought about through dialect levelling with other varieties.Koine Greek included styles ranging from conservative literary forms to the spoken vernaculars of the time. As the dominant language of the Byzantine Empire, it developed further into Medieval Greek, which then turned into Modern Greek.Literary Koine was the medium of much post-classical Greek literary and scholarly writing, such as the works of Plutarch and Polybius. Koine is also the language of the Septuagint (the 3rd century BC Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible), the Christian New Testament, and of most early Christian theological writing by the Church Fathers. In this context, Koine Greek is also known as "Biblical", "New Testament", "ecclesiastical", or "patristic" Greek. The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius also wrote his private thoughts in Koine Greek in a work that is now known as The Meditations. Koine Greek continues to be used as the liturgical language of services in the Greek Orthodox Church and in some Greek Catholic churches.


  1. koine

    Koine refers to a dialect or language that has gained widespread acceptance and usage among a specific geographical region or group, often serving as a lingua franca. Most commonly, it is used to refer to the simplified form of Greek which functioned as the common language of the Eastern Mediterranean from the 4th century BC to the 4th century AD.

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  1. eikon

  2. enoki

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of koine in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of koine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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